India hails Moon mission 'find'

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India hails Moon mission 'find'

Post by falkor » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:05 am

India's inaugural Moon mission has been hailed as a "grand success" by the head of India's space agency, after helping find evidence of water on the Moon.
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Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) chief G Madhavan Nair said a spacecraft probe found more water on the Moon "than was expected."

The mission was terminated last month after communication was lost with the orbiting spacecraft.

The craft was launched last October for a two-year mission of exploration.

Data from three spacecraft, including India's Chandrayaan probe, has shown that very fine films of H2O coat the particles that make up the lunar dirt, US space agency Nasa announced.

The quantity is tiny but could become a useful resource for astronauts wishing to live on the Moon, scientists say.

"We truly believe it is a path-breaking finding. But this is just the beginning," Mr Nair said.

"Indians should be proud of the fact that the Chandrayaan enabled the discovery of water on the Moon," he said.

Indian scientists have welcomed the discovery and said more studies needed to be done to find out how much water was available and whether it was fit for human consumption.

'Significant'

"The results suggest that frost rather than water is present in the form of a thin film on the lunar surface. The quantity and its distribution across the Moon is still an open question," K Kasturirangan, a former chief of Isro told the Press Trust of India press agency.

"Ultimately, in the long run if humankind has to go and inhabit the Moon, one of the important requirements is that you should have adequate water for survival," he said.

An Indian scientist working in Nasa said it was a "significant discovery"

"It is a very significant finding if we ever are to venture out to set up a base anywhere in the solar system, the Moon is the nearest destination," Amitabha Ghosh said.

The Indian media has also hailed the role of Chandrayaan in the finding.

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Re: India hails Moon mission 'find'

Post by DarkKnight » Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:59 pm

This is all very interesting, why did it take so long to find water there though ?

Considering we are suppose to have put man on there in 1969.
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Re: India hails Moon mission 'find'

Post by falkor » Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:34 pm

The quantity is tiny but could become a useful resource for astronauts wishing to live on the Moon, scientists say.
I think they were right in 1969, there IS NO WATER there

time will only tell if this news report is significant or not :oooeerr:

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Re: India hails Moon mission 'find'

Post by mj12cz » Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:20 pm

Who know whats been going on!

The space race has died a death and for some reason they are not interested in the moon.

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